A world-class institute of changemakers in the deaf and signing community.
Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
Innovating solutions to break down barriers, and using science to prove what does and doesn’t work.
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Program Director: Geoffrey Whitebread, Ph.D. Email
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The program is especially appropriate for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing professionals who work with
or supervise deaf colleagues working in federal government agencies. This level of appropriateness was
validated by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government (DHHIG) support group in a letter of support for
the program where Mark McKay (former DHHIG president) said:
"DHHIG regards this program as a way to fill a need for Deaf and Hard of
Hearing individuals seeking a professional graduate-level degree for managers and aspiring managers
in the executive levels of Federal, state, and local government."
The need for this program was also confirmed by the Federal Office of Personnel Management's Center for
Leadership Development. The OPM's Center for Leadership Development has created a formal partnership
with the MPA program that allows federal employees accepted into the program to take their electives
through the center for leadership development.
The Master of Public Administration Program prepares deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing
professionals to lead in public sector and non-profit organizations with a sense of direction, to focus
on results, to develop others' capability to perform, and to serve with integrity.
The Master of Public Administration Program is the premier graduate program in the United States and
throughout the World for preparing deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing professionals who work with deaf
and hard of hearing colleagues, to manage and lead in public sector organizations. Our vision for the
program is driven by a set of core values. We value:
We value learner-centered teaching and learning. We collaborate with our students to help them design a
personalized program of studies that will support their aspirations to move up into managerial and
leadership positions in their organizations.
We value direct communication with our students. We seek to admit students who already possess sign
communication skills so they can communicate directly with their peers in classes, on campus, at work,
and in social events. However, we recognize that there are Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing
non-signers who may apply for admission to the program. Those non-signers who are admitted to the
program will be required to learn ASL as a graduation requirement. Interpreters or CART services are
provided in those courses with non-signers enrolled.
We value diversity defined in its broadest sense to include diversity of gender, disabilities, sexual
orientation, age, hearing status, among other dimensions of diversity. In valuing diversity, we expect
our faculty, staff, and students to interact with each other with a high degree of civility while at the
same time enforcing ethical codes of conduct that do not tolerate bigotry, hatred, violence (verbal or
physical), character assassination, rumor-mongering, and illegality.
We value the highest principles of professional and academic integrity among our faculty and students. We
strictly enforce professional and academic codes of conduct, including academic integrity policies and
We value a culture of teaching and learning. We take these twin dynamics seriously and we assess student
learning outcomes to ensure that we are living up to this value.
We value faculty members who are teachers first and researchers second. We recognize that it is the
teaching and learning process that will enable our students to develop or enhance their managerial and
leadership knowledge and skills. Because of this value we expect our faculty members to be highly
effective classroom teachers.
We value faculty members who have up-to-date knowledge and skills. Maintaining state of the art
knowledge requires our faculty to engage in scholarly activities that create research projects, books,
articles, and other media. Maintaining state of the art skills requires our faculty to participate in
professional development opportunities such as workshops, advanced graduate courses, and attending
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